Showing posts with label film. Show all posts
Showing posts with label film. Show all posts

l'├ępices exotiques

Sunday, November 3, 2013

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I'm guilty of this: the first things that come to mind when I think 'singapore' are artificially lit soulless mall interiors, characterless mrt stations, the numerous shiny icons of global proportions, dry wide streets, endless queueing, and walking miles and miles with my groceries in tow. And MOST of the time that's enough to drain me completely of all energy, inspiration and enthusiasm.

But then, once in a while, somehow, from somewhere, I am able to muster an extra ounce of energy and determination to explore beyond these same-y confines. These excursions are always spontaneous, with no definite plan, no clear destination and absolutely no expectations. For those few little hours, the only plan is to kill some time, explore a new nook of this island and maybe in the process: get lost!

I guess it's the same, wherever you live. It's easy to let your everyday surroundings cave in on you. But these little excursions help. They almost say: 'there is a world out there, full of different colorful and exciting humans whose existence and preoccupations are nothing like yours. Do you really have a reason to stress and worry?'

Months later, I process the roll of film I happened to have at the time, and relive the experience. It's different this time, the sense of wonder and appreciation hits harder and deeper. The moments have been solidified and captured, frozen in each frame.


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I saw. I heard.

Monday, December 31, 2012

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We know, we've been quiet on this space this year, but we'd still like to finish off 2012 by sharing with you the soundtrack to our year. 
On reflection, this year has been about making something out of the unexpected. Doing grown up things in our child-like non conforming waysObviously, this is not a cutting edge compilation of the best tracks of 2012 but just songs that capture those moments, songs that transport us back in time and space. Even if its just for one breath

Pure and simple, our 2012 sounded like this:


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Nujabes - Kumomi



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Mara Hruby - Character



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St. Vincent - The Party



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The Rapture - In the Grace of your Love



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Grimes - Oblivion


1.Passing endless vineyards driving through Cianti, Italian countryside. 2.Rustic interiors in our Tuscan home, Fattoria San Martino. 3. Humid and sweaty early evening by the Colosseum4.Wandering the streets and courtyards in Milano. 5.Ladies in Saigon. 6.Bathers, trekkers and tourists in Vernazza, Cinque Terre.

the Mamas and the Papas

Sunday, May 13, 2012

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c.1974 - A grand engagement.


It's Mother's Day. Treasure your parents today & everyday. Ours are halfway around the world, on a Safari.

xox

grain to soothe the soul

Saturday, May 12, 2012

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Mara Hruby - Character



Doesn't it seem logical to share sights & sounds that are contrary to how one is feeling?
Since this space is therapy, I think it's the right thing to do.

I've been watching rain beat down on the glazed alcove, wind-swept rogue palm leaves hurtling from all directions, and the usual sight of deep blues & greens turn into an envelopment of greys that stifle any chance of warm daylight seeping through to us.

I switched on the lights. And turned on some warm beats. Filling the cold empty room with Mara Hruby's rich smooth sounds is a necessity for surviving. (she's been giving away her album for free, so hurry to her Bandcamp!!)

In the same way, this series of medium format, black & white double exposures we came across (here) hit home. The gutsy grain, the pure silhouette-like exposures, simple and raw, played a similar harmony. They make us feel warm and grounded.




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Source: Eleanorrigby236 via CGSF (Kiev 88 + Shanghai GP3)

lines & scribbles...

Saturday, November 12, 2011

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Russian Red - Fuerteventura

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This roll of black + white film has been quite the traveller. Shuffled between three cities: Melbourne, Auckland then Singapore. (In that order). It happily features: our little niece having a shy moment in our living room; our very own chalkboard of scribbles on the apartment wall; an ideal diy lunch (rye bread sandwich w/ baby spinach, cheese & tomatoes) ; my room back in Auckland and a Melbourne evening sky.

Take this, as a token of our love of photography. And black + white. And take these posts as an assurance, we're making baby-steps towards more frequent and regular posting. I swear!

Me, this week. Been getting lost in my sea of to-do lists, revised and re-revised lists that no longer have a start nor end. Freaking out about a quickly approaching trip to China ( just 2 days away!), and still wondering if I'm really prepared enough.

Oh, and trying hard to fight a new habit. watching Mad Men. Every night. Baby steps, then.

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And she stares.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

In our last trip to Europe, we had a list of 'must gets' - lil' souvenirs that we wouldn't be able to get hold of in New Zealand. Vogue Russia was somewhere near the top of that list - we were luckily able to get hold of two issues (April&May).

Why Vogue Russia? - we have seen some clever, inspiring and fresh editorials coming from them and we were always envious that we could never get to see them firsthand. Funnily enough, we were so precious about them that we didn't even read these until a few weeks ago!

This is our favorite editorial from the issues. There's just something about her: sharp attitude, witty, sharp tongued,
pizzazz and an ounce of quirk of course. She definitely reminds us of Edith from 'Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day' for those who have seen this movie.


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Edith. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day- stills. 2008.




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Vogue Russia 135 May 2010
Photography: Matt Irwin
Model: Ieva Laguna
(all scans by Accessory of Crime)

Qui qu`a vu Coco?

Friday, July 17, 2009

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Just got back from the first screening of the much anticipated movie, 'Coco Avant Chanel' as part of the New Zealand Film Festival. It's not just any fashion flick but i must confess that i have not seen the long string of fashion flicks that have appeared lately. But i assure you this is much more than that!
I have never really been 'the reviewing' kind. not of that much words. I wont' spoil the story for ya. Its definitely worth it - i will say one thing; it gives you a window beyond fashion but the social context of Coco and women in 19th Century France. Perspective.

Character Persona : Part I - Hanazawa Rui

Saturday, June 28, 2008

We planned to do a 3-part series of masculine inspiration. As expected -well it really wasn't expected or we would have prepared for it- but, when you get a great idea, the enemy - the computer crashes. As we feared, all the shows that our inspiring characters came from are wiped out. We were lucky enough to have some screen-shots that we made just before it crashed.
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Hanazawa Rui, well he's a character from a well known Manga turned anime, Japanese Drama, Hana Yori Dango. Eternally his character has been an inspiration for his aloofness and - such a gentleman. But that's not all we're liking, its the ability to pull off those quirky outfits with hoods and super-boho knits that drag down to the ground with boyish playfulness whilst still being totally slick and smooth.

Ok- the muted tones aren't bad too.

Come on, can you really sue us, eternally inspired by guys and clothes, - guy's clothes.


Source : net-a-porter, style, oak-nyc, d-addict, john varvatos, j lindenberg, alessandro del'acqua, celine, d-addicts